checking for any hatched nests. Once a nest has hatched it is excavated and the contents of the nest are analysed to assess the success of the nest. Any hatchlings remaining in the nest are collected and released under cover of darkness. Unhatched eggs are analysed for fertility and embryo development.
Two species of turtle nest in Northern Cyprus:
these are the Green Turtle(Chelonia mydas) and the Loggerhead Turtle(Caretta Caretta). The students currently monitor 20 beaches around the coast of North Cyprus. This work is carried out by approximately 25 university students from the UK.
The hatching of nests will continue well into late September. Anybody wishing to go along with the students on night patrol to witness the laying of eggs, or to see a nest excavation and hatchling release, should visit the project's base at Alagadi during the afternoon to list themselves and to find out if a nest is being excavated that evening. Numbers are limited so it is important to book your place to avoid disappoinment.